Sound North

Sound Lacrosse North is an extension of our Sound Lacrosse girls club program aimed at providing additional high quality, local training opportunities for players in Northern Fairfield County and surrounding areas. Sound Lacrosse North will follow our Sound Lacrosse Fall-Winter Weekly training options as well as Fall and Summer Tournament Schedules.


Sound Lacrosse North Staff

  • Caitlin Copelan (GCDS) – Sound Lacrosse Director
  • Melissa Sportini (Joel Barlow Varsity Head Coach) – Sound Lacrosse North Youth Director
  • Maura Fletcher (Newtown Varsity Head Coach) – Sound Lacrosse North Youth Coordinator

Sound Lacrosse North Practice Locations

  • Indoor: NYA or Trumbull InSports
  • Outdoor: Newtown or Joel Barlow High School

Programming Details

Summer 2023

  • Team: 3rd/4th (2031/2032)
  • 2x/week practice (end of May-end of June)
  • 2 June Tournaments
  • July Evaluation Camp (open to any and all players)

Fall 2023

  • Teams: 3rd/4th, 5th (2032/2033, 2031) **Potentially 6th (2030) based on numbers**
  • 18-20 Week Fall-Winter Indoor Skill Training
  • 1-2 Fall Tournaments

Summer 2024 and beyond

  • Teams: 3rd/4th, 5th (2032/2033, 2031) **Potentially 6th (2030) based on numbers**
  • 2x/week practice (beginning of June-Mid July)
  • 3-4 Summer Tournaments (June-July)

Emma Trenchard

2028 Co-Head Coach

2027 Assistant Coach

Catie Woodruff

2027 Co-Head Coach

2028 Assistant Coach

Melissa Rotante Sportini – Sound North Youth Director

Melissa Rotante is a Norwalk native and Brien McMahon High School alumni. She was a four year starter at Stony Brook University under Head Coach, Joe Spallina. Melissa was a 2x Captain and 2x First Team All-Conference defender for the Seawolves, in addition to America East All-Academic honoree & All-Tournament Team.

Current Joel Barlow Head Varsity Coach. Assistant Coach 2016-2022, CIAC Assistant Coach of the Year She has helped lead the Falcons to three SWC Championship Titles and a Runner-up performance in the Class M State Championship. 2027 FCIAC Assistant Coach of the Year. Melissa specializes in zone defense and has helped the Falcons become one of the best defensive programs in the state.

Maura Fletcher – Sound North Youth Coordinator

  • Newtown High School Varsity Head Coach
  • Has Lead Newtown to 11 SWC Titles
  • Named CHSCA Coach of the Year, CHSGLA Coach of the Year, and CT Post Coach of the Year
  • Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Awarded Sportsperson of the Year for the Fairfield County Sports Commission in 2014
  • Newtown Bee Harmon Sportsman of the Year (2016)

Caitlin Copelan – Director

Caitlin (Young) Copelan is the Director, Founder and Recruiting Coordinator for the Sound Lacrosse Girls Program. Copelan started Sound in the winter of 2014 and the premier girls club has emerged as a top program in the area.

Coaching Experience

  • American Select CT 2024 Team Head Coach – 2022 National Champions
  • Current Greenwich Country Day School Varsity Head Coach (2019-Present)
  • St Luke’s Varsity Head Coach (2017-2019)
  • Greenwich High School Varsity Coach (2014-2016)
  • New Canaan High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2013)
  • Fairfield University Graduate Assistant Coach (2010-2012)
  • Chelsea Piers Marketing Manager / Girls Lacrosse Director / CP-LAX Girls Club Director (2012-2014)
  • Under Armour Underclass Games – New England COMMAND Head Coach – Tournament Champions (1st for New England Region) – 2016
  • Under Armour Underclass Games – New England HIGHLIGHT Head Coach – Tournament Semi-Finalists – 2017
  • Under Armour Underclass Games – CONNY COMMAND Coach – 2019

Playing Career

  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Undergraduate 2005-2009)
  • National Championship Finalist (2009)
  • National Championship Quarterfinalist (2008)
  • Class of 1996 Award
  • While at Fairfield University (Grad School)
    • All-MAAC
    • IWLCA Second Team All-Region
    • Statistical Champion – Ranked #1 in Nation in Division I for Caused Turnovers (2010)
  • Wilton High School (2001-2005)
    • WHS Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)
    • Melissa Nickel Scholarship Award Winner (2005)
    • US Lacrosse All-American
    • CT Super Junior
    • 2X CT State Champion
    • 2X FCIAC Champions
    • 2X All-State & All-FCIAC
  • Division I Recruited Basketball Player

Kelsey Dunn

  • 2026 Assistant Coach
  • 2X Captain at Yale
  • 4-year letter winner (Yale Women’s Lacrosse)

Joe Roberta

2031 Head Coach